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Thursday, August 27 • 2:20pm - 2:50pm
NFV Fireside Chat: Big Questions About NFV

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If you’re following NFV, then you know that the biggest questions revolve around NFV use cases, feature completeness, and production readiness.

In this session, we’ll talk to NFV early adopters carrier/service providers, and learn more about NFV use cases,the benefits they are seeing, and their POC and production plans for different use cases.

We’ll talk about the network service agility vs the allure of cost advantages. Find out how what the OPNFV project is doing to define an open source reference architecture.

Learn more about what’s missing that is needed to drive NFV to wider adoption, and what differentiates POC use cases (like virtual firewall) from the more sophisticated production applications (like vEPC).

Finally, we’ll talk what’s happening in OpenStack that is accelerating NFV adoption, including changes in Nova and Neutron to accelerate performance of VNFs, including a word or two about containers and VNFs.

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Sutapa Bansal

Director, Product Management, Mirantis
Before becoming the Director of Product Management at Mirantis, Sutapa was responsible for product management of Cisco InterCloud Fabric: product for enabling secure hybrid clouds across private and public clouds. Prior to Cisco, she spent many years at Juniper networks in product marketing and engineering roles for the data center products. Prior to Juniper, Sutapa has worked for several  companies including Hughes, Lucent Technologies... Read More →

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Valentina Alaria

Senior Director Product and Solutions Marketing, PLUMgrid
Valentina Alaria is senior director of product and solutions marketing at PLUMgrid. She has participated in the development of data center network infrastructure technologies for more than 10 years. Her background includes network virtualization and OpenStack, and she has filed multiple patents in network monitoring and traffic engineering. Valentina held engineering, product and marketing roles at Cisco and Nicira before joining PLUMgrid... Read More →
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Ronen Kofman

VP of Product Management, Mirantis
Ronen Kofman is VP of Product Management at Mirantis responsible for product strategy focusing on creating a pure play, enterprise grade solution for customers. Ronen works closely with industry leading technology companies to help make OpenStack the solution of choice for private and public clouds. Prior to Mirantis Ronen was Director of Product Development for Oracle OpenStack. Ronen initiated, built and led Oracle’s OpenStack efforts in... Read More →
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Andrew Mitry

Lead Architect, Comcast
Two decades of experience in the technology industry, I have worked with open source, commercially provided, and proprietary technologies to provide efficient, effective, secure, and continuous infrastructure operations for expanding global platforms. As a technology leader and architect for 10 of those years, I led and oversaw the design and timely deployment of infrastructure through coordinating with technical and business teams... Read More →
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Christopher Price

Open Source Manager for SDN, Cloud and NFV, Ericsson
Chris leads open source industry collaboration for Ericsson in the areas of NFV, Cloud & SDN from the CTO’s office in Sweden and is an active member of the technical steering comitee’s of the OpenDaylight and OPNFV Projects. Chris’ experiences include leading Ericssons’ IP&Broadband network architecture and standardization teams with a rich history in development of systems and technology in the areas of network... Read More →

Thursday August 27, 2015 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Hahn Auditorium